September 23, 2014

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UPDATED: Man charged for urinating on Art Modell’s grave

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland authorities said Tuesday they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the grave of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.

The man, who so far has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. He posted a video of the incident to YouTube this month.

“Everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to believe that their final resting place will be treated with respect,” Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a written statement. “Bringing charges against this individual should act as a deterrent to others and assure the rest of us that no matter who you are, indecencies will not be committed against your final resting place.”

Shellenberger said the man will not be identified until charges are filed and served.

Art Modell died in 2012 at the age of 87. He spent 43 years as an NFL owner, overseeing the Browns from 1961 until he moved the team to Baltimore in 1996 to become the Ravens. Modellserved as league president from 1967-69, helped finalize the first collective bargaining agreement with the players in 1968 and was the point man for the NFL’s lucrative contracts with television networks.

Modell and his wife, Patricia, are buried at Druid Ridge Cemetery in Baltimore.

David Modell, Art Modell’s son, said the family is thankful for the efforts of Baltimore County police and the decision by the state’s attorney to file charges.

“We also agree with the state’s attorney’s office that everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to know that the final resting place will not be defiled,” said Modell, who served as president and chief operating officer of the Ravens while Art ran the team. “We are a country of laws. Just because you’re angry, that doesn’t mean the laws no longer apply to you.”


  • Joe Smith

    Well, a lot of people think he pissed on Cleveland but I think this pay back may be a little too far

    • Razorback Twou

      I think what has happened to the Browns has gone a “little too far”.

      • Joe Smith

        Since it was the “Browns”, shouldn’t he have taken a dump on it instead?

  • Razorback Twou

    I just wished I had thought of it.

    • Chan

      Would it be worth the charge?

  • Scout

    What a pig! He deserves whatever he gets.

  • hottamomma

    Alright for the Cleveland brown fan!!. He should get acquitted!!!

  • todd

    Post his name so I can help pay his fine.

  • SpaceTech

    Really? Over a football teams move 18yrs ago?
    This guy seriously needs to get a life!
    You will reap what you sow when you are publicly identified by the police.
    Good job keeping it classy!

    • JoyceEarly

      It may have been on his bucket list…

    • Razorback Twou

      Just because it happened 18 yrs ago, still doesn’t make it right.

      • Bill Love

        it don’t make it right what this loser did either

      • SpaceTech

        Really? You are suggesting that this person was actually wronged in some way–it’s a stupid sports team!

  • Pablo Jones

    So would a trial by jury of his peers have to be made up of Browns fans? If so he will get off.

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    There is NO evidence the guy actually pissed on his grave. Much ado about nothing.

    • Otter

      Except for the video, he posted….

      • johns62

        Detais….details ;)

        • Larry Crnobrnja

          What details? Care to share a reference link?

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        In the video I saw, they show him standing there with a tube coming out of his pant leg. Supposedly the tube was attached to his penis, but how in the world do you know for sure? Or did you see a different video?

        • golfingirl

          Does it really matter if urine actually came out of the end of the “tube?”

          He said he “p!ssed” on his grave, that was why he was there. He admitted it, and I am sure the judge will see it that way.

          His actions and words were repulsive, his behavior and intent were clear, whether a little dribble was actually deposited on the grave, or not.

          The guy is a total jerk and needs to grow up!

          Are you defending this idiot?

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Of course it makes a difference, unless you’re advocating that convicting someone for something they didn’t do should be the law of the land. #thoughtpolice

          • Otter

            So if I say I’m going to stab someone in the back, but I have a rubber knife, and don’t actually stab them, that’s okay? “Thoughtpolice” has nothing to do with it, it’s actions, and intent.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Threatening personal injury is a crime. I’m not certain fibbing about urinating on a grave is a criminal act. #JustTheFacts

          • johns62

            he’s confessing on the video.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Or he is pulling the wool over a lot of you?

          • golfingirl

            As for convicting him of something he didn’t do…..HE said he did it, not me!

            The “law of the land” often relies on a person admitting guilt, which he did.

            Looks like he went to great lengths to commit an act he confessed to. Putting a tube on his p!nis.

            He could simply have turned his back on the camera and said he p!ssed on the grave.

            He may be “pulling the wool over” on others, but he has to pay the price, not me.

            He is an idiot….pure and simple. He said he did it, that is proof enough for me!

            A videotaped confession, while bragging about the crime, will soon become his “law of the land.”

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            “I was part of the Harry Winston heist!” Now go ahead and convict me.

            You have no friggin’ idea what that guy did or whether he really had a Texas catheter attached or not. This is much ado about nothing and I’m shocked you’re arguing about it. SMH

          • golfingirl

            All I have to go on his confession.

            If nothing else, he should be charged with desecrating a grave site. It is unlawful to place any garbage or trash in or on any cemetery.

            He is the “trash.”

            Have a good day!

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Your argument is inane.

          • golfingirl

            Thank you.

            So are you still such a big Browns fan?

            You used to be.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            I like to see the Browns win, but my life goes on regardless of the outcomes. I don’t think I was ever “such a big” fan.

          • Otter

            I love it…you’re continuing to argue about it……

          • golfingirl

            Yeah…when someone says “I’m shocked you’re arguing about it,” usually means their argument is over, because their point is not valid.

            Especially when they initiated the dialogue.

            Excuse me now, as I go place a tube into my ureter and “pretend” I am p!ssing on someone’s grave!

            No harm though, as I won’t let any urine actually pass through the tube….just “pretending” to be an idiot.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Wrong.

  • golfingirl

    So where is the crowd that screams when someone criticizes the life of a criminal who dies as a result of activities leading to hie/her death?

    You know, the ones who say it is disrespectful to speak poorly about someone who is killed, even if they were a career criminal, and their death was a result of how they lived?

    Urinating on someone’s grave is about as disrespectful an action as one can commit.

    So where is the outrage?

    Oh, I guess you have to be a thug, with a life-long criminal record to be entitled to the respect of others upon death.

    • Razorback Twou

      What?? When has being dead ever made someone respectful? Is bin Laden respected now because he’s dead?

      • golfingirl

        I was being sarcastic.

  • me101

    I think it was disrespectful to the family and loved ones.We would not want someone doing this to our loved ones final resting space. I also think it portrays Browns fans in a bad way. We are better than that!!. Show some class!

  • Fred Garvin

    This guy is an idiot. Art Modell has helped out many charities. That stupid guy needs to get his priorities in order, the Browns pulled out almost twenty years ago. It’s time to move on.

  • Fred Garvin

    They should make this guy clean urinals for six months as a punishment.

  • http://vocsystems.com MacdaddyOH

    You can’t out run karma bro. Disrespecting the dead can bring bad news your direction. Get over it, the Brown’s were stinky in 1999 and they just plain out smell in 2014.

  • TheRustyScupper

    The man made a business decision. He warned the city for several years to give him better environments and profits, or he was gone. Not until he made a contract with another city did Cleveland take him seriously. Then, it was too late. (Frankly, this is just like several union negotiations in which I was involved where I closed and relocated plants.) HEY – Art made a sound business move. Now he is dead and gone. GET OVER IT !

  • Chan

    Ford and other car dealers make business decisions daily to move their companies. Most of the time it is out of the country or at a minimal a portion of the company is outsourced. I doubt if consumers think about that when they decide to still purchase a product. I’m not a huge football fan so I don’t care what he decided to do with HIS team. It didn’t belong to Cleveland and him leaving didn’t change anything in my day to day life. People have their priorities so screwed up. Having a disorderly conduct on your record can bar you from a job. Not only that but why is it acceptable behavior which is being applauded? ANYONE who finds nothing wrong with him deciding to act on his emotions are no different than the idiots who choose to beat and murder a man earlier this month because they too allowed their emotions to get the best of them.

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      There is a big difference between a prank and beating someone to death. I do not accept your red herring.